This is the most noble autochthonous varietal in Valpolicella. It tends to display vigorous growth which, however, is held back when it is cultivated in poor soil of alluvial origin, with a clayey-calcareous composition and in a well-exposed, ventilated position. It is a late-ripening varietal (late September-early October) and has a medium-sized cluster that is compacgt and pyramidal in shape and berries that are thick-skinned, deep purple-blue in colour and well-covered with bloom. It is highly resistant to the winter cold. It produces a deep-coloured, elegant and well-structured wine with a marked freshness and a good tannin content.